There are definitely few things that elicit more anxiety and uncertainty among parents than the prospect of potty training. In fact, potty training can be a daunting task to both you and your toddler if the training is not done properly. Many parents are always struggling in training their kids on how to use potty, but in most cases, they end up in numerous setbacks. The whole essence of potty training is, to a significant percentage, based on timing and being patient with your kid. Is your child ready to be potty trained? Are you patient enough to offer this training? This incisive article gives the best tips on how to get the job done in potty training.
Is Your Child Ready?
To successfully train your child to leave his/her diaper days, you should be able to determine whether the kid is ready to be trained. Remember that success in potty training is largely centered on the physical and emotional readiness of the child. Even though time can vary from child to child, many children become ready between the ages of 18 to 30 months. In most cases, girls tend to be toilet ready earlier than boys. Some of the following signs may be signs that your child is ready:
– Having proper motor skills such as; the ability to walk, climb and pull down pants.
– Having predictable bowel movements and the ability to keep diapers dry for many hours.
– Being interested in the bathroom and how it is used.
– Having proper Communication skills either through words or expressions. For instance, understanding toilet-related terms and showing sign that he/she needs to urinate or have bowel movement.
With the above points in mind, you should not push your child to potty training if he/she is not ready. Forcing them will mean they refuse, which can be utterly frustrating and time consuming. Again, you should understand that potty training is a process that will take time and should be prepared to start the process before the actual training by involving your kid in games and activities such as squatting.
Get the Right Tool and Choose the Right Time
Whether it is in the shape of your kid’s favorite cartoon character or just cute, getting the right potties can make training comfortable, easier and less intimidating. Again, choosing the right time to train your kid is ultimately crucial in realizing success. Choose a less-stressful time, when you are sure that your child feels secure and comfortable and you have time to spend long periods with your child. This is important in turning potty training time into a routine.
Introduce the Potty and Show the Kid How to Use it
Introducing your child to the potty ensures that he/she feels comfortable on it and discards any scary thought about it. Be ready to let your child understand the use of potty and explain terms such as “poop” and “pee”. Remember that it may require you to demonstrate how it is used by letting your child accompany you to the bathroom when you are doing your stuff. This should be followed by always letting your kid sit on the potty for at least 15 minutes every day, while at the same time ensuring that he/she learn how to use toilet-related terms. You can also incorporate potty-themed picture books into the training process.
Letting your child go diaper-free for some hours within the day is an essential part of the training. Most kids will enjoy the free feeling and will start expressing “need-to-go” signals such as squatting and grunting. This will obviously make potty time a training routine. With time you will be showing your child how to wipe correctly and flush the toilet, as well as train them to always wash their hands after every potty use.
Success and Setbacks
In dealing with success, it is always important to praise the child and offer simple rewards after every small success. Whether the reward is in form of a toy or a piggy bank, just be sure that reward and praise will encourage and motivate your child to even do better next time. On the other hand, never scold your child when things go badly, but always remember to have patience and continue training your child. With time both of you and your child will overcome the obstacles and he/she will be fully potty trained to perfectly use it.